I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holidays and had a great time being together with your families.
The month of November has been very fun but also very busy! Before the break, most of you all had the wonderful opportunity of observing and working with your children as they participated in their daily classroom routines and took on various learning activities. In addition, we also held parent-teacher conferences, where I had the opportunity to share insights about your child’s development and progress in the classroom. I sincerely hope that these sessions were both productive and informative.
In addition to the meetings, November was also filled with many fun and unique learning opportunities for the children.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we did arts and crafts activities such as hand print turkeys (which were sent home to you all) and ‘thankful trees’, while also having general discussions about thankfulness and being appreciative.
We discussed being thankful for parents for taking care of us and providing for us, teachers for educating us, policemen & firemen for protecting us, and doctors for healing us when we are sick etc.
When completing the ‘thankful trees’ activity, the children crafted a stick figure tree with three big paper leaves. On each of the leaves, they expressed what they were personally thankful for via writing or drawing.
In addition, we learned about the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday and acknowledged Native Americans as the early inhabitants of the United States.
In terms of geography, we shifted focus of study to the South American continent, following up on October’s lessons on North America. The children have learned about the countries occupying South America, their respective flags, and animals that are native to the region. The children also made small scrapbooks of these animals!
We also had lessons covering the various types of landforms and bodies of water that exist in the world, with regards to their topographical meanings.
For example, when studying islands, the child was presented with a ‘form tray’, which was composed of a tray with a 3-dimensional formation protruding upwards from the middle. The child then poured water on to the tray using a pitcher, making the formation in the middle of the tray to take on the characteristics of an island. Similarly, other landforms and bodies of water such as peninsulas, gulfs and lakes were also studied. These types of activities enhance visual recognition of forms, while also utilizing practical life and sensorial skills.
As for language development, some of the older children have done the movable alphabet activity, where the letters of the alphabet, vowels in blue and consonants in pink, were arranged into words, after being carefully sounded out. The younger ones are practicing tracing sandpaper letters and learning their matching sounds.
Similarly, the children are continuing to take on age appropriate lessons in math.
Overall, November has been a very productive month with lots of learning and we are very proud of each child’s accomplishments.
The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the period from birth to the age of six, for that is the time when intelligence itself is being formed and carried on throughout a lifetime. ~ Maria Montessori